October 29, 2006

How to Fix a Bad Hair Day

We all have bad hair days, those days when you try flipping your bangs to the left, and two seconds later the hair goes back to the right, leaving you with a part in the middle. But you haven't worn your hair parted in the middle since 2002, so why does your hair suddenly remember that style?

I have no idea.

Sometimes hair does that, for absolutely no reason, at least not an obvious one. While we can only speculate on the cause of a bad hair day, I think it's more productive to concentrate on how to fix it:

Problem: Your hair is naturally wavy and you usually blow dry it straight. Today it's not cooperating and now it's all frizzy.
Solution: At this point, stop the heat. If the frizz is really bad, wet your hair again and start over. While your hair is still wet, apply an anti-frizz product (very little, otherwise your hair will get greasy), and wait until your hair is almost dry before you blow dry it again. Finish styling with a flat iron as it helps tame the frizz and adds shine to the hair.

Problem: You were planning on washing your hair, but something came up, you have 10 minutes to get ready and your hair looks oily.
Solution: Rub a little talcum powder at the roots, just don't put too much otherwise it will be noticeable (especially if you have dark hair). Tips: for touchups during the day you can use face oil-blotting strips on your hair.

Problem: Your hair is straight and lately it's laying flat against your scalp.
Solution: The hair has too much grease in it. Use a deep-cleaning shampoo to prevent build-up.

Problem: Your hair is dry from the cold weather and it looks very dull.
Solution: Use a shine enhancer before you style your hair.

Problem: Your hair is extremely limp.
Solution: Rinse your hair again, you probably used too much conditioner.

Problem: You take your hat off and suddenly you have static hair.
Solution: Run a fabric softner sheet on your hair and re-use it as needed during this horrible day. Also, spray an anti-static product inside the hat.

Problem: You take your hat off, but this time you have hat hair!
Solution: Use mousse to style your hair. After you take your hat off, re-activate the mousse (and some volume) by massaging your scalp with damp fingers. Tip: Never put your hat on wet hair.

Problem: Your long, thick, curly hair is unruly today.
Solution: Wear a headband. It will tame the hair and you will instantly look more polished.

When nothing else seems to work, tie your hair in a low ponytail or wear a baseball hat.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tips - usually I just chuck on a hat...but I'll have to try these :-)

Anonymous said...

Have dealt with static for months! Finally just rinsed hair well with warm water in the shower as opposed to shampooing it. This removed all the shampoo/cont/product buildup, and GREATLY reduced the static!!